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Discussion: Interoperability Steering Committee 

Discussion: Interoperability Steering Committee

Discussion: Interoperability Steering Committee

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HIMSS has created the Integration and Interoperability Steering Committee to guide the industry on allocating resources to develop and implement standards and technology needed to achieve interoperability (para. 2).

As we enter into SDLCs, we must be aware of how this type of development will affect both our own healthcare organization and the healthcare delivery system as a whole. In an ideal world, we would all work together to create systems that are integrated within our own organization while having the interoperability to cross organizational boundaries and unite the healthcare delivery system to realize the common goal of improving the quality of care provided to consumers.


At times during the SDLC, new information affects the outputs from earlier phases; the development effort may be reexamined or halted until these modifications can be reconciled with the current design and scope of the project. At other times, teams are overwhelmed with new ideas from the iterative SDLC process that result in new capabilities or features that exceed the initial scope of the project. Astute team leaders will preserve these ideas or initiatives so they can be considered at a later time. The team should develop a list of recommendations to improve the current software when the project is complete. This iterative and dynamic exchange makes the SDLC robust.

As technology and research continue to advance, new SDLC models are being pioneered and revised to enhance development techniques. The interpretation and implementation of any model selected reflect the knowledge and skill of the team applying the model. The success of the project is often directly related to the quality of the organizational decision making throughout the project—that is, how well the plan was followed and documented. United efforts to create systems that are integrated and interoperable will define the future of health care.


1. Reflect on the SDLC in relation to the quality of the organizational decision making throughout the project. What are some of the major stumbling blocks faced by healthcare organizations?

2. Why is it important for all nurses and healthcare professionals to understand the basics of how information systems are selected and implemented?


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